RPCV Legacy Program

New Legacy project is approved: Axum Children’s Library

Championed by Dwight Sullivan (Yergalem, Dodola, 1970-72) and Janet Lee (Emdeber 1974-76)

Since 2004, E&E RPCV has provided opportunities for RPCVs to raise funds to support projects in Ethiopia and Eritrea through the E&E RPCV Legacy Program.  In that span of time, RPCVs have raised $240,304.23.

E&E RPCVs is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt organization; consequently all donations to the projects are tax-deductible. All work by RPCVs to administer the projects is done on a volunteer basis, so the entire amount of each donation is used for the projects.

An RPCV (or staff member who served in Ethiopia or Eritrea) who wishes to propose a project submits a Preliminary Project Proposal (PPP) of at least one page to Kristen Baredo (Kristen.Straw.Barredo@gmail.com), Manager, E&E RPCV Legacy Program. She will distribute the PPP to the Board members, who will review it, suggest changes if needed, and make a decision on feasibility.

If the proposal is approved, applicants will then be asked to prepare a Final Proposal that follows guidelines on the E&ERPCV website: https://eandeherald.com/rpcv-legacy-program/be-a-champion/

The Board is pleased to announce that it has approved a proposal by Champions Dwight Sullivan (Yergalem, Dodola, 1970-72) and Janet Lee (Emdeber 1974-76) for a Children’s Library within the Axum Heritage Foundation Library and Cultural Center, Axum, Ethiopia. The library operates under the auspices of the Ethiopian Community Development Council. ECDC’s founder, Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, was a Peace Corps Language instructor for training groups that began service in the 1960s.

Early construction of the new Axumite Heritage Foundation Library and Cultural Center

Early construction of the new Axumite Heritage Foundation Library and Cultural Center

In 2000, ECDC repurposed a badly damaged historic building — the  Governor’s Palace in Axum — into a public library. The Governor’s Palace had gone into great disrepair following the Derg and Communist rule when it had been used as a headquarters and prison. The library has since served its community well, but cannot meet all the needs of a growing and more sophisticated population in Axum. Enter Dwight Sullivan who concluded that a newer, more modern building needed to be constructed that could provide expanded services to the community.

The children's library within the new Axumite Heritage Foundation Library and Cultural Center

The children’s library within the new Axumite Heritage Foundation Library and Cultural Center

This RPCV Legacy Program project will focus on a finite project within the overall building project — the children’s library. Both Dwight and Janet Lee are committed to the success of this project and have contributed the 10% minimum required.

The Project goal is to raise $10,000 in the initial phase.  In addition to the beautiful furniture donated by CNN (see photo), the project will enable the acquisition of shelving, theatre seating, curtains for DVD projection area, adult office furniture, computers, local language books, signage, and decorative rugs.

Contributions may be sent to the new E & E RPCV treasurer:

E&E RPCVs
c/o Randy Marcus
1634 Martha Terrace
Rockville MD 20852-4134

Please mention:  Axum Children’s Library

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